A few weeks ago, Sam and I went to the Warner Brothers Studio Tour to see the Making of Harry Potter exhibition. I make no secret of the fact I am a massive Harry Potter fan: I have all of the books (including the first 5 en Español), all of the films and even a few frames one of the original ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’ film reels. So, I was quite excited about seeing the original sets and props!
It is clear that a lot of time and effort has been invested in to this exhibition; knowing how much money it is going pull in, you would expect nothing less and the tickets aren’t cheap coming it at just under £30 pp. I was impressed by the organisation though with all tickets having a half-hour entry slot and the queue being well marked out to keep it suitable British and orderly.
The tour starts in the Great Hall and then leads you through a lot of the core sets from the 8 films. There are so many things to look at, you cannot take them all in. What impressed me the most is the quality and detail of all of the props; there is more detail then you could ever see on the big screen in digital HD. For example, apparently all of the Yule Ball invitations for HP4 were individually written and addressed to the characters.
Some of the best props were the mechanical creations built for the films, such as the car used in Gringott’s bank. It was also great taking photos against the green background to see first hand how easy it would be to pop a different background in!
They even had the sculls from the Hogwarts boat house! Although I don’t recall ever seeing anyone out singling on the Black Lake. Not sure I would want to 😉
They also had a 1:500 scale model of Hogwarts that they used for filming ariel shots. It was amazing. I quickly located the towers of Durham Cathedral (without spires in real-life) to validate the detail. Kudos to whoever made this – I could have studied it for hours.
Anyway, I felt the need to record the visit for future reference since, despite the cost, it was a really enjoyable afternoon. We were there a good 2.5 hours which is pretty good going for any attraction these days. We took a lot more photos which can be found at Revado, as always. If you are a Harry fan, I would recommend trying to book yourself a slot (in advance), but be prepared for a wait if you go at the weekend – it is quite popular.